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Hottest Evah!

July 19, 2022

By Paul Homewood

The Met Office has just declared the “hottest evah” day in the UK!

I did not know they had thermometers when the dinosaurs were around:



And the only sites to hit 40C are all airports and large cities ones:



I’ll be following up later.

  1. MrGrimNasty permalink
    July 19, 2022 5:37 pm

    Predictably all the hype has brought out the arsonists and the instant BBQs.

    • Clodhopper permalink
      July 20, 2022 8:30 am

      Two hot days prove absolutely nothing globally, neither did the minus 28C recorded in Shropshire in 1981. We live 10 miles from Shawbury – where 37.5 was just recorded. Our mercury thermometer recorded 33C, in the shade, max on both Monday and Tuesday. Have noticed similar comments from rural sites not far from Heathrow.. There seems to be a conspiracy to shout about high temperatures taken over tarmac etc – including even Death Valley California. I encourage everyone to equip themselves with quality thermometers, so that these wild claims can be thoroughly challenged,

      • July 20, 2022 2:45 pm

        Yes I wrote similar when I heard local news weatherman speaking
        “warm weather records are broken but not cold weather ones”
        and I wrote that a cold weather record had been broken in my lifetime.

      • July 20, 2022 2:49 pm

        It was the actual presenter on ITV local news on Monday.

      • July 20, 2022 3:06 pm

        On 13 December 1981 a temperature of -25.2 °C was recorded,
        RAF Shawbury is located approximately 7 miles (11 km) NE of Shrewsbury

        However the England broken again −26.1 °C
        10 January 1982 Newport, Shropshire

        Scotland record is −27.2 °C
        11 February 1895, 10 January 1982,
        30 December 1995

    • stevejay permalink
      July 20, 2022 8:49 pm

      I’ve noticed that MSM has omitted to mention 2 important issues. Are the temp readings taken from officially recognised sights, or is it Joe Bloggs out in the garden with his thermometer? Also, surely the fire service has by now, established the exact cause of the fires? Are we expected to believe that houses spontaneously combust?

  2. Is it just me? permalink
    July 19, 2022 5:40 pm

    Do. I’m sure when the data is picked apart – 99.9% of the real science will be left out – and the 0.1% that can be hysterically ‘bigged up’ in the press will be used.

  3. John Hultquist permalink
    July 19, 2022 5:49 pm

    Everything is relative. As a teen, I worked in a pizza shop with two large gas-fired ovens. It got so hot that even the artificial plants wilted. No one suggested that pizza be banned.
    I suspect such heat would not be allowed at workplaces in this modern world.

    • John Hultquist permalink
      July 19, 2022 5:56 pm

      I started out to say, “it is what it is.”
      In other words, when the temperature at Heathrow is hot, so what? We all know the basics — this has nothing to do with CO2, SUVs, or climate. The temperature in the above-mentioned pizza shop was not climate induced but it was anthropomorphic.

      • Colin permalink
        July 19, 2022 6:56 pm

        It’s 6.30pm on the hottest day evah(!) and here in Aberdeen still quite a few people wearing jackets though there’s more tattoos visible than I’d like. But it’s still a climate emergency.

      • Ray Sanders permalink
        July 21, 2022 11:23 am

        John, not being pedantic but just a tip so people don’t take the micky out of you in future. The term “anthropomorphic” is a more of a literature term attributing human characteristics to non human objects.
        The actual term meaning “man made” is “anthropogenic”

  4. Subseaeng permalink
    July 19, 2022 5:50 pm

    Notwithstanding all the hype and hysteria to be unleashed on us, I guess the fact remains that this is the highest temperature that we have seen recorded in the UK. I know records are made to be broken so can we look forward to a record -ve temperature this winter. Discuss.

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      July 19, 2022 6:32 pm

      When the Frost Fair in 1814 was held in London, very few people if any, thought it would be the last. At some point there’ll be a heatwave which nobody will think will be the last, but it will be.

      • Duker permalink
        July 19, 2022 11:53 pm

        Well the Thames did freeze over more recently
        The Thames has ‘completely frozen’ over in the past, the last time being in January 1963 – the coldest winter for more than 200 years that brought blizzards, snow drifts and temperatures of -20C.- BBC

        Just last year there were parts frozen
        ‘A huge part of the River Thames in London has frozen for the first time in years.

        Sub-zero temperatures saw water turn to ice along a section of the Thames in Teddington, in the south west of England’s capital city.

        An image taken by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Teddington showed seagulls chilling on the frozen surface of the river.

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      July 19, 2022 6:39 pm

      Also meant to say. As this was quite an weather unusual event lasting less than 3 days is it a Bob Beamon moment? Only beaten once since by one man since he set his long jump record in 1968.

      • Colin permalink
        July 19, 2022 7:00 pm

        It’s a tipping point. We’ll all be toast by Friday lunchtime.

    • Vernon E permalink
      July 20, 2022 3:18 pm

      I suppose that’s it then. The warmists have won – game set and match. No good now trying to convince “the masses” (horrible term but what else?) that there are nuances to this or that relationship to “carbon” is unproved. Just batten down the hatches and wait for the national and personal economic disasters that will follow as NZ is advanced by ten years.

    • Stuart Hamish permalink
      July 20, 2022 4:17 pm

      Notice the caveat : ” provisionally been exceeded in the UK ” .. It is provisionally registered [ mindful for those who have not gotten the nudge yet ] that the instrumental thermometer time series has only been reliable in the United Kingdom since the 1840s and 1850’s at best . Who really believes temperatures in the British Isles never exceeded 40C prior to the last 180 years ?.. The very thought is absolutely preposterous .. Consider the Holocene , Minoan Medieval and Roman Optimums [ There were no thermometers in existence then when atmospheric CO2 was below 300 ppm Paul .Forget about the Cretaceous / Jurassic ages of the dinosaurs ] . However we know from Greenland temperature reconstructions and relic vineyard elevations, temperatures back then were indeed warmer than today .July 1808 Georgian heatwave temperatures – before the invention of the Stevenson screen – almost certainly surpassed 40C and this can be ascertained by the proxy observations chronicled in diaries and newsletters of laborers birds and farm animals expiring en masse from heat stress and deydration in the Australiasian conditions July heat . Suffice to say I have not yet heard of mass bird fatalities animals and people perishing in droves in the heat this July. Or people crossing river beds on foot So too the 16th century Tudor Drought temperatures that led to blazing fires , parched rivers and streams across Europe The 1538 – 41 temperatures – 120 years before the start of Englands CET series – must have ranged in the 40’s and high 30’s on occasion as well [ See Tony Hellers compendium : ” 1500 years of heatwaves ” ]

      Taking into account consecutive day heatwave records this short duration hot spell is nowhere near to exceeding the 1808 1911 1976 or 2003 heatwaves …..Certainly not the summers of 1808 and 1911 so why the hysteria ? It is the same here in Australia where none of this centuries heatwaves have matched the sweltering prolonged heat of 1896 and 1939 Not even close .. I wonder why the UK Met Office has not emphasized protracted consecutive day heatwaves ? ….Perhaps someone could ask the Met Office’s Peter Thorne who expressed his nervous concern in an email that the “science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it ” ..Was that inside knowledge ?

  5. Drew permalink
    July 19, 2022 5:54 pm

    Why is it almost always Heathrow? Its never Outer Benbecula

    • Duker permalink
      July 19, 2022 11:54 pm

      all the sq miles of concrete

      • Drew permalink
        July 20, 2022 11:37 am

        Not to mention the hot thrust from all those jet engines! That Coningsby record could not possibly be a transient peak influenced by a taxiing…… No of course not, I should not think such thoughts.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        July 20, 2022 3:04 pm

        Perhaps an extra flight for Boris, even?

  6. lapford permalink
    July 19, 2022 5:54 pm

    Well considering all the massive rises in house building, people, roads, car ownership, industrial estates, etc etc, in the last 50 years, is it any wonder these conurbations are producing higher temperatures. The only records worth comparing are those measured in rural sites away from these influences.

    • ThinkingScientist permalink
      July 20, 2022 9:42 am

      A point I think is demonstrated when looking at the trend of the difference between (max-min) temps in UK station records.

      The difference generally is trending down (diurnal range decreasing), so much of the increase in average temperatures is actually an increase in minimum temperatures, not so much maximum temperatures.

      I recall reading an early paper by Lindzen (I think) pointing out that minimum temperatures are fraught with problems due to inversions, boundary layers, UHI etc etc. He argued very convincingly that you should only use maximum temperatures to look at warming, not average of the min and max temps. Maximum temperatures are a more stable consistent measurement.

  7. Beagle permalink
    July 19, 2022 5:55 pm

    Went to Aldeburgh this afternoon to play bowls. Forecast was 33 degree. It was actually 27 degrees with a nice breeze. An enjoyable afternoon with ideal weather.

  8. July 19, 2022 5:58 pm

    As they use stations like this to calculate the global anomalies, its positive proof that they don’t adjust enough for the UHI effect

  9. cookers52 permalink
    July 19, 2022 6:08 pm

    It is f***ing hot though I have succumbed to dehydration and feel quite ill. Old and several compromising conditions.

    Too old for stuff like this, I note the idiots are now going to remove 1976 from the records the world has gone mad.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      July 19, 2022 10:12 pm

      Sorry to hear that, hope you pick up soon.

    • Peter permalink
      July 20, 2022 7:43 pm

      Do you have a source of info you can share?

  10. Up2snuff permalink
    July 19, 2022 6:42 pm

    Hope you had/are having a good holiday, Paul. You deserve it.

  11. Colin permalink
    July 19, 2022 6:51 pm

    It’s 6.30pm on the hottest day evah(!) and here in Aberdeen still quite a few people wearing jackets though there’s more tattoos visible than I’d like. But it’s still a climate emergency.

  12. johnbillscott permalink
    July 19, 2022 6:59 pm

    When a 2 degree rise in temperature is described as “soaring” change one has to wonder at the mentality of the Media. I have experienced higher temperatures in New Your, Phoenix, San Diego, Mobile and Las Vegas in the USA and observed that life went on normally and certainly no headlines or panic by the people.

    • Crowcatcher permalink
      July 19, 2022 7:54 pm

      Currently 44C in Wichata Falls😡🤬

    • ThinkingScientist permalink
      July 20, 2022 9:45 am

      I have experienced high 40s in Oman. Its high humidity rather than high temps that kills. Once air temperature is above body temperature the humidity is what determines if your body can still cool itself by sweating and evaporation. In the Oman desert temps can easily reach 50 degC, but the air is very dry and so as long as you drink water you can survive quite happily.

      • Stephen Hedges permalink
        July 20, 2022 10:39 am

        It seems to be a consistent feature of the places that experience extreme heat that humidity is generally very low. That was also true of England yesterday where the wet bulb hovered around 21C.
        By contrast in the heat and humidity of SE Asia, temperatures often peak, only in the high 30s giving a wet bulb of 33C

  13. Tim Leeney permalink
    July 19, 2022 7:04 pm

    The dinosaurs were already working for the Beeb, and seem still to have tenure.

    • MARTIN permalink
      July 19, 2022 8:04 pm

      “The dinosaurs were already working for the Beeb”

      Don’t be so silly, Tim: everyone knows – or should by now – that BBC climate ‘experts’ have VERY small brains, with largely undeveloped frontal lobes. Scientists have as yet to explain the precise cause of this phenomenon – which they call the ‘Thunberg-Harrabin Conundrum’ – but one hypothesis suggests that it has something to do with protecting their careers (and pensions) from the effects of ‘Inconvenient Truths’. Your tasteless remark smacks of Dinosauriaphobia – which could get you banned from all Internet platforms. You have been warned 😉

  14. kjbirby permalink
    July 19, 2022 7:54 pm

    And the forecast for mid-afternoon tomorrow here on the Wirral is a feel-like temperature of 13 degrees – brrr!

  15. JamesS permalink
    July 19, 2022 7:58 pm

    I am sure I heard Germany mentioned in the BBC euro weather melting pot, but as listed in notrickszone they are having a cooler then average July !! In central Scotland temp range 25c rural to 32c Lidl carpark Cupar !!

  16. theturquoiseowl permalink
    July 19, 2022 9:55 pm

    WeatherHQ has Coningsby RAF Base max as 40.0C.

    I suggest the claimed 40.3C has been falsified to remove Heathrow from #1 spot.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      July 19, 2022 10:22 pm

      No, a lot of sites report snapshot readings even though they may suggest a continuous graph. E.g. if they report every half hour there may be a higher intermediate reading.
      So many locations reported record temperatures I think we can leave the conspiracy theories behind.
      There are legitimate questions about the quality of the sites etc. and the climate significance – which is none, if you look at the global situation, I don’t see how climate change can produce a massive positive temperature anomaly here almost alone, it is just a random weather event.

      • ThinkingScientist permalink
        July 20, 2022 9:48 am

        Agree. The issue is more about how people seem no more sophisticated now than they were before the enlightenment. Like blaming witches for bad luck or the gods displeasure on a one-off meteorological event, now mass hysteria blames the weather on our sins of driving SUVs and having foreign holidays.

      • theturquoiseowl permalink
        July 20, 2022 10:50 pm

        Yes, I see that is very likely the case, so withdraw my allegation.

        However, it does seem all the +40 stations outside of central London were downwind of tarmac runways. That should disqualify the measurements IMO.

    • July 19, 2022 10:28 pm

      My car temp figure near Lincoln today: 41C. Had earlier visited the Aviation Centre a few miles from Coningsby.

      • Graeme No.3 permalink
        July 19, 2022 10:44 pm

        I, too, am relieved that he didn’t melt. That would be a Climate Catastrophe.

      • July 19, 2022 10:48 pm

        Is this today’s final verdict?

        The UK has recorded temperatures of over 40C (104F) for the first time.

        Thermometers hit 40.3C at Coningsby in Lincolnshire, while 33 other locations went past the UK’s previous highest temperature of 38.7C, set in 2019.

        Just spent half the day a few miles from there.

      • Vernon E permalink
        July 20, 2022 3:49 pm

        I have been using car temperatures to judge dog-walking and on two different cars the temperature reads two to four degrees above the garden thermometers. Seems to be built in. Not reliable.

      • July 20, 2022 6:17 pm

        Depends where exactly the garden thermometers are of course. Granted car thermometers are only a guide, but mine was only marginally over the official ‘record’.

  17. Peter W permalink
    July 20, 2022 12:52 am

    Could someone explain how it is possible to compare results (specially of max. temperatures) of current temperature readings with the readings of 100 years ago?

    First of all, the number of thermometers has gone up; plus the current thermometer log a temperature every second, while 100 years ago, a person went out a few time a day to take a reading. In short, more data points mean a higher chance for an extreme value.

    And, not talking about placement and UHI yet.

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      July 20, 2022 6:54 am

      Some difficulties.
      However Max/Min thermometers record just that. So a daily reading will pick up the highest temperature.

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        July 20, 2022 8:04 am

        It’s far from being that simple.
        If you want to just boast about records that is not so important.
        But if want to determine climate change these factors become very significant and must be accounted for.
        Just one issue is the use of electronic versus lig thermometers, electronic can be faster reacting and subject to spikes, so the readings are smoothed – but that is not even done to a consistent method globally.

      • Pancho Plail permalink
        July 20, 2022 9:03 am

        Could they be read with sufficient accuracy to register tenths of a degree?

  18. Adam Gallon permalink
    July 20, 2022 6:51 am

    Adam’s car recorded 42C near Newark. Getting out of it felt like stepping off the plane in Egypt.

  19. July 20, 2022 7:28 am

    Before anyone can make a judgement as to how much of this heatwave is due to global warming, we need to see records from a high-quality, perfectly located, perfectly rural site.
    Is there such a thing in UK?

  20. Nicholas permalink
    July 20, 2022 8:53 am

    The beeb/met obsessional reporting of ‘records’ is only lacking the trumpet playing and tap dancing by the script readers to be Infotainment.

  21. Pancho Plail permalink
    July 20, 2022 9:00 am

    Well, it is cool out again today. It looks like we have beaten global warming in two days flat.

    • ThinkingScientist permalink
      July 20, 2022 9:53 am

      One swallow does not make a summer.

      Or, for the wino’s: one swallow does not make a saumur.

      • July 23, 2022 12:54 pm

        Saumur? Not sure what you meant, I had to gargle it!

    • ThinkingScientist permalink
      July 20, 2022 9:55 am

      Also the old adage defining a British summer – 2 fine days followed by a thunderstorm. Pretty much sums it up where we are inland from Bournemouth – rain came in at about 4.30 pm yesterday, temperatures rapidly dropped and now its cloudy this morning.

  22. theolderguvnor permalink
    July 20, 2022 9:08 am

    Chemtrails = anthropogenic element in global warming through geo engineering to further the scare/ agenda? Discuss

  23. Gerry, England permalink
    July 20, 2022 10:08 am

    Since I have a number of dataloggers I use to set up my house temperature during the winter by using electronic radiator valves and a free standing wireless thermostat, it seemed like a good idea to hang one on the outside thermometer yesterday. So having downloaded the data this morning I can say that in my SE corner of Surrey it reached 100.9f at 16:25 and stayed there for 4 minutes. There were 21 minutes at 100.8f. It first hit 100 at 14:24 and bar 5 minutes below finally dropped below at 16:54. My datalogger was taking readings every minute. The thermometer read a peak of 102 so it about 1 degree out which is not bad for something not sold as being super accurate. The location is head high in a corner formed by the original house and an extension that faces north and west so it receives no sun. There was quite a breeze yesterday and that was from the south-west so not affecting the location.

    And finally, the biggest piece of bullshit is the statement that ‘meteorologists calculated that Britain was hotter than 98.9% of the world’s surface.’ in the Mail.

  24. Curious George permalink
    July 20, 2022 4:07 pm

    Is this the same Great Britain which in the past conquered India, Hong Kong, Egypt, Sudan, and South Africa?

  25. July 20, 2022 4:45 pm

    Speed-dial Tuesday
    : the way cherry picked GreenDream PR people were given space to ADVERTISE their POLITICAL agendas in NEWS progs reporting record high temps

    ITV local news John fatboy Grant, BBC Radio Humbs : Dan Parsons
    and R4 this guy
    …. Chartered Environmentalist’s 3 part tweet

    Jon Burke FRSA 🌍 @jonburkeUK
    1/ Last night, I was on
    @BBCRadio4’s the The World Tonight (21:21) to talk about sustainable and equitable measures to cool our cities in a world of 40C heatwaves

    • July 21, 2022 12:30 am

      BBC Look North Hull gave Dan Parsons a lecture slot at 6:40pm today

  26. July 20, 2022 5:03 pm

    Met office statement

    Met Office Chief Scientist Professor Stephen Belcher.
    He added: “In a climate unaffected by human influence,
    *climate modelling shows* that it is virtually impossible for temperatures in the UK to reach 40°C.

    FFS modelling doesn’t PROVE anything is impossible
    .. eg You build into the model that all swans are white

  27. Rosco permalink
    July 21, 2022 1:29 am

    I don’t get why you can’t see that 747 exhaust provides a cooling breeze.

  28. Ray Sanders permalink
    July 21, 2022 1:04 pm

    Anyone can go to google maps and input coordinates as follows – 53.09400529238988, -0.17276244263260337 – switch to satellite view and the red kite marks the exact spot of the RAF Coningsby weather station compound.
    For the purposes it was intended (information for the RAF) it is very good, for the purposes of climate analysis it is completely irrelevent.
    The World Meteorological Organisation has specific guidelines for the siting of climatic reporting stations fully detailed here.
    For simplicity go to page 69 for site graphics. It is blatantly obvious that this site is useless for accurate data recording for climate purposes with large buildings (crash tender warehouse) and unrepresentative surfaces (tarmac/concrete) all around.
    {Note if Julian Flood picks up on this I am confident he can give us extensive data on this site as he almost certainly used the landing strip extensively}
    The Met Office used to be a part of the MOD (as did the Ordnance Survey) and very many of its sites were designed for military reporting purposes hence they were typically sited near ports, major transport routes and latterly airfields.
    Now consider if I said a back garden private amateur weather station was likely more accurate, most people would be somewhat sceptical. However less than 4 radial miles from the RAF Coningsby site there actually is a MET Office authorised site in an amateur’s back garden.
    This site reports every 15 minutes whilst Coningsby is normally only hourly. It generally runs hotter than Coningsby (and is right now) but miraculously at the time the 40.3°C record was only recording 38.6°C.
    I have been doing some extensive research over the last few days on the subject of MO sites and what I have found are frankly atrocious standards. I shall post more later.

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